Lauren Wilson is well on her way to her happily-ever-after. She has a career she loves, a husband she adores and a baby on the way, but a devastating diagnosis changes everything. The life she’s built suddenly crumbles around her when her husband insists she choose—the baby or him.
Returning to her small hometown to rebuild her shattered life, Lauren crosses paths with Ethan Campbell, the man who stole her teenage heart. The old attraction is still there, but Lauren won’t admit it to anyone—least of all herself. Her only priority is providing a life for her child, and she can’t afford to get it wrong. Ethan is confusing everything, including stirring up feelings she’s not prepared to face. Will she spend her life raising her baby alone or is the family she’s always wanted finally within her reach?
The next morning, Lauren awoke to the sound of the garage door closing. It was only six fifteen but Paul had already left for work. He didn’t even say goodbye. Did he really have to work so much? Was it her imagination or did he seem to be working more lately?
She pulled the covers up to her chin while thoughts circled her mind. Certainly, Paul wasn’t deliberately avoiding her, but if she had to hang onto this secret much longer, she’d explode. This was way too exciting to hold in. For a moment, she considered calling her mom and telling her, but decided Paul deserved to know before anyone else. Even her mom.
Lauren rose from bed and gazed out the window. Morning was just beginning to break, and the neighborhood was bathed in a serene, purple haze. She loved the early morning when so many possibilities lay ahead. And today those possibilities were almost intoxicating. Once Paul knew she was pregnant, he’d be so ecstatic. They’d spend more time together, and Lauren would finally have her perfect life—just as she had imagined it.
Pulling on her robe, Lauren headed toward the kitchen. After school she’d drive over to Paul’s office and kidnap him. She’d take him to a nearby park and after walking around, hand-in-hand, she’d present him with the baby bottle. The vision of his excitement was so real it almost felt as if his arms were already around her.
Today would be a good day.
A day that would change everything.
Rebecca Lynn Talley grew up in the gorgeous seaside city of Santa Barbara, CA. She met, and married, her husband, Del, while attending Brigham Young University. She graduated from BYU with a degree in Communications. She currently lives in rural Colorado on a small ranch with a dog, too many cats to count, and a herd of goats. She and Del are the proud parents of ten wildly-creative, multi-talented children.
Rebecca is the author of a children’s picture book, Grasshopper Pie (WindRiver 2003), a children’s chapter book, Gabby’s Secret (DuBon Publishing 2011), four novels, Heaven Scent (CFI 2008), Altared Plans (CFI 2009), The Upside of Down (CFI 2011), and Aura (DuBon Publishing 2012). She has also authored numerous children’s stories and articles for both print and online magazines.
When she isn’t writing, Rebecca loves to date her husband, play with her kids, swim in the ocean, and dance to disco music while she cleans the house. She has folded at least one million loads of laundry, baked hundreds of batches of chocolate chip cookies, and eaten 5,478 gallons of ice cream.
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